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John Richard Schram

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John (Johan) Richard Schram (1834-1898), founder of Richard Schram and Co

c1834 Born in Sweden the son of Johan Gustaf Schram, a Pastor,

1867 Married(1) in Kensington to Fanny Atkinson Edwards

1881 Living at 23/25 Norfolk Street, St. Clement Danes, London: Richard Schram (age 47 born Sweden), Engineer, Mechanical and Mining. With his wife Fanny Schram (age 47 born St. Andrews, Mddx), Private Hotel Keeper.[1]

1890 Married(2) at Thame

1891 Living at Temple Hotel, Arundel Street, St. Clement Danes, London: John R. Schram (age 57 born Upsale, Sweden), Civil Engineer. With his wife Emeline M. Schram (age 48 born Thame).[2]

1898 April 29th. Died


1898 Obituary [3]

JOHN RICHARD SCHRAM was born at Upsala, Sweden, on 6th February 1831, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.

In 1852-4 he was engaged on the Koping Hult Railway, Sweden, first under Mr. Watson and afterwards under Mr. Cronin.

In 1854-6 he superintended the repairs of Upsala Cathedral.

In 1856-7 he travelled in England, Germany, France, and Belgium.

In 1858-66 he superintended the marble works at Singo, Sweden, for which he designed and erected the machinery; and in 1867 travelled abroad again.

In 1868 he acted as a consulting engineer in Stockholm. In 1869 he was engaged as draughtsman at the South Kensington Museum, London.

In 1870 he introduced the Burleigh rock drill in Sweden; and in 1871-8 the same drill with air compressors in Austria and Hungary.

In 1877 he started business in London as a mechanical engineer, and thenceforth was occupied principally in the design and construction of rock drills and air compressors for tunnelling and mining. Amongst the works for which these were supplied were the Khojak tunnel, the Indian State Railway tunnels, the Natal State Railways, the Imperial Railways of Japan, and the Periyar Irrigation Works in the Madras presidency.

During the last four years he introduced and perfected the "Optimus" compound rock-drill, which was the first of its kind and effects a great saving in compressed air by working on the compound principle.

His death took place at Lucerne, Switzerland, on 20th April 1898 at the age of sixty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1880.


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